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The fourth interim independent evaluation report on the programme has been published by the personal health budgets evaluation (PHBE) team.
“Early experiences of budget holders” interviews 58 budget holders in the pilot about their experiences of personal health budgets after three months. The report is positive overall, with some people already experiencing improved health outcomes. Key findings include that the role of information is key; and those eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare tended to find the process easier, and reported benefits earlier.The report does highlight some issues which will need to be resolved and detailed work is underway to explore these and develop best practice that the NHS will need to deliver personal health budgets in the longer term.